GREEN BAY – Whether it was Mike McCarthy on Monday or Aaron Rodgers on Tuesday, the Green Bay Packers are talkin’ ‘bout practice. As in, that the team’s practices haven’t been good enough during its 2-3 start
“Our practice, frankly, is not quite what it needs to be, and I think it’s shown up on Sundays,” McCarthy said on Monday. “That was part of my message (to the team), and I have to get that out of them, that’s my responsibility. We’ve been on an up-and-down schedule through the first month as we’ve talked about 10 times already, I’m sure. We were able to get into a flow of a normal schedule last week and it didn’t quite look the way it needed to look.
“We need to take advantage of our (once-a-week) padded practices and hit the targets that we need to hit during the week because I clearly believe it shows up on Sundays.”
Told of McCarthy’s comments about the Packers’ practices, Rodgers pointed to some of the team’s 10 rookies not quite grasping the way practice should go – and said that McCarthy told them so in the meeting.
“I think in some respects he is right. For whatever reason the rookies have not picked up what the practice tempo looks like, or the importance of the scout team looks as well as maybe it’s been in the past,” Rodgers said during his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com on Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t know if Mike said that in his press conference but he definitely mentioned that in our team meeting.
“We’ve talked about that a number of times, and I know my role in practice is that I have to bring energy and life to that practice and I have to be moving around well. It’s tough on some days when you’re tired and you’ve been preparing until late at night and you’re up early. But there are really no excuses when it comes to the quarterback position and making sure that you do every role that you’re called on to the best of your abilities.
“That being said, there needs to be a level of professionalism that is current through the entire team from the veterans to the rookies that they kind of understand how each part of the day adds to the preparation. And I think that it can definitely be improved on their standpoint from an assignment and a tempo side of practice.”
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